Travel

Leyte, Philippines

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I visited Leyte back in Christmas 2015. I’m not good with words gaya ng ibang blogger kaya sorry na inabot ‘to ng one year. Hehe

I am in contact with a friend of mine (Rubie) who’s also my workmate at that time. We planned a trip to Leyte at dun mag-Christmas. This is the first time that I will be travelling with someone who’ll do the whole itinerary. We met in Cebu (first time ‘ko din sa Cebu nitong time na ‘to) dumating ako ng December 24th. I slept in her crib and woke up around 7 am the next day to prepare for the trip.

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Ocean Jet ‘yung na sinakyan namin from Cebu going to Ormoc City. Nagpa-book din kami ng tickets days before our trip para hindi na hassle. As per checking today (Jan 2017) tickets went up to Php 2000 with return for regular rates, pero madalas silang magpromo for as low as Php 600 per way. Umalis kami sa Cebu ng 8:00 am and we arrived in Ormoc at 11 am. Pagdating namin, we had our lunch and bought some food at a nearby market. (Photo in Ormoc City Pier)

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From Ormoc, we rode a van going to Palompon. We arrived at around 4 pm and proceeded to the Ecotours Office. Unfortunately, we’re the only passengers waiting to board which also means, kami lang din ang magbabayad ng roundtrip ng mahiwagang bangka. (The boat from Palompon to Kalanggaman can contain 15 persons and costs Php 3000) We waited for a couple of minutes kung meron pang dadating na ibang passengers para makasama namin pero wala talaga. I was thinking, “kami lang kasi ni Rubie ang magpapasko sa isang isla.” (Photo in Palompon Ecotours Office)

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Parehas kaming budget travelers pero this time, wala kaming choice. (alangan naman na umuwi kami diba?) Nag-yes na kami kay ateng staff na irerent namin ang boat ni kuyang naghihintay na. So in-orient nya kami what are the do’s and dont’s on the island such as proper waste disposal and segregation. The last question that we had was, “Ate, may iba bang tao na nandun ngayon?” at sinabi nyang wala, kami lang daw ang magoovernight ngayon. Our eyes turned into BIG HEARTS. We paid a fee for the night tour. (sorry, nakalimutan ko kung magkano binayad namin.) (Photo in Palompon)

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“We own Kalanggaman for a night!”

‘Yan nalang talaga ang sinasabi namin while we’re on our way to the island. It took an hour to reach the beautiful island of Kalanggaman. (Kalanggaman came from the word Langgam which means “Bird” in Bisaya. There are a lot of birds coming to the island before. That’s the reason they called it Kalanggaman.) Pagbaba palang namin sa bangka, para kaming mga batang tumakbo. It felt like a new home. Sinabi namin kina kuya na babalikan nila kami kinabukasan ng after lunch.

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We couldn’t see the beauty of the island yet pero nag-enjoy na kami agad. Solar power ang gamit ng mga tao na andito so be prepared with your armors, I mean, your phones/cameras/flash light/power bank.

Walang mga rooms ‘nung pumunta kami. Open cottages lang ang meron at dun kami natulog na patong-patong ang damit dahil sa sobrang lamig. (Of course, you have to pay for the open cottage) Meron ding bantay ‘yung isla, at that time, merong isang pulis at ‘yung caretaker ‘nung island. I’m excited to chase the sunrise of December 26th.

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It is definitely worth it! No wonder that it has been called as one of the most beautiful sandbars in the Philippines.

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Nagsimula na dumating ang ibang bisita ng 9 am. (hindi na samin ang isla)

Ang hirap iwan ng isang lugar na ganito kaganda diba? But sadly, we have to move on (and be who I am. char lang!)

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We will see you again gorgeous Kalanggaman!

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It’s time for our next destination. Lake Danao.

Lake Danao is situated on a mountain and is a guitar-shaped lake on the island of Leyte. We need another deep, but this time… sa lawa. Nag-hire kami ng tricycle papunta sa lawa, maganda ‘yung view along the way. We paid Php300 kasama na ang paghatid nya samin sa Ormoc city.

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Who would not love the tranquility of this place?

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There are beautiful, intimate, wondrous things about this trip that I can’t put to words. Leyte is rich in many beautiful destinations and I hope I can come back to experience more of this province. Thank you Leyte!

-Ms. Maligaya

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